Music

My friend Eden is making a tarot deck!
But not just a beautifully rendered deck, but also- a deck that comes with music!
I don’t think I’ve even heard of such a thing before. She was lovely enough to ask me to contribute a track to her project, and so I’m making some new music just for her. Watch this video to see the cards and hear more about her deck:

She just put up a little artist spotlight thing, in which she said some really super nice things about my music. Maybe some of the nicest things anybody’s ever said about my music, even!
The tracks will come in a special edition of the deck called The Sonic Arcana. I’m in really good company with the other musicians on this project (Mark Growden, Myrrh Larsen, Artemis Robison, Jill Tracy, Unwoman, and Meredith Yayanos), so even if you don’t dig my tunes or tarot, there’s lots of other good people to listen to on here!

Lastly, here’s a little video preview of some of the noises I’m making to go with her cards.
No vocals for now, but you’ll get an idea. Also, I’m making dance music now? More on that later.

She’s only got 6 days left on her kickstarter, so check it out if you want one!

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My band, This Can’t End Well, is playing tomorrow evening with the most excellent folks in Makeunder!
We’re playing at one of my favorite venues, too- the charming antique store and private venue, Viracocha.

Here’s the details:

Wednesday July 24th
Viracocha
21st & Valencia
San Francisco, CA
Doors: 8:30

If you’re coming, kindly RSVP on Facebook here.

& just to convince you extra hard, here’s a video of our Amazing Horse cover from our show in December, with guest violin by Meredith Yayanos!

[Video by Tim Riot]

Lastly, if you haven’t heard Makeunder, please check out this amazing video of them:

Hope to see you all there!!!
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My band, This Can’t End Well, is playing at Viracocha in the mission this evening.
Please come out! If you can, kindly RSVP on the Facebook Event.

Not Waving But Drowning – a junkyard cabaret from Brooklyn – is converging on Viracocha to deliver joyful indie rock spiked with shipwrecked shanties and Appalachian reels.

NWBD will be joined by Burlington Vermont’s own Kris Gruen, whose songs soften the world’s sharp edges like a glass of exceptionally fine bourbon, as well as San Francisco’s own string-informed experimental indie This Can’t End Well.

8pm – Kris Gruen – www.krisgruen.com
9pm – Not Waving But Drowning – www.wavingdrowning.com
10pm – This Can’t End Well – www.thiscantendwell.com

You don’t want to miss this show. I will neither confirm or deny that we are doing a Hall & Oates cover.

Viracocha
998 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California
8PM

To those of you asking what happened to my February cover- much like Bill OReilly, I did it live!

I premiered it to a packed house at my Lost Church show on Saturday…and I’m pretty sure somebody got some video. I’ll be sure to post it if I can track it down.

I’ll be posting the studio version in the next couple days, as soon as I can get the thing mastered.

To those of you wondering, I did February Stars, by the Foo Fighters.

I realize, internet, that this is a disappointment.
So, please accept this illustration instead – which was supposed to be the cover for January’s installment. It’s a redone version of this illustration from 2004 or so. I’m not sure that this is the final coloring that I’m going to go with. If anybody has opinions on this, please send them my way.
I’m trying to experiment with more minimal coloring methods.

Soon, you all will have a February track, and the March one won’t be too far behind it!

Hey there, internet! It’s been a minute.
& I’ve missed you so! Life in Starland has been…complicated, as of late.
That said- lots and lots of good changes are in play and I’m really excited for all the awesome stuff I have coming up to share!
First and foremost- I’d like to tell you about this project.

I haven’t tried to do a yearly project since the Tank Girls Calendar that I did in 2006.
That went over really, really well back then- so I thought to myself that I was way overdue to try to do something like that again. Any attempts to do a 365 photo project or even a 52 weeks project between then and now have lead to complete and utter failure, and as such, I decided a monthly project was as much commitment I could handle.

I also decided that I’ve wanted to work more on recording and music stuff this year, so it was a logical choice to do some kind of monthly song thing!

After tossing some ideas around, I decided to do a cover every month with the name of the month in it.

This month’s is 11:59 It’s January, by Scrawl.

Just in case you’re loading this from a reader, and it strips out the iframe above, you can listen over at bandcamp.

Here are the words if you want to follow along:

January came too soon
Survived the holidays
Without you
But who are you
You are anyone I wish I knew
And tonight I wish I knew
Everyone single one of you

First day Champagne
Old acquaintances are far apart
Tonight Auld Lang Syne means
Leave before the kissing starts

Last year went down the drain
They all do really
Why complain
Drink a cup of kindness (yet)
And say goodbye to our regrets
Ooooh, it’s January
Ooooh, it’s January
Ooooh, it’s January

11:59
8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
Midnight
Was it a good year
Do I really need to know
’cause now it’s behind me forever
It was a good year because it was such a bad year
That this year could only be better

Last year went down the drain
They all do really
Why complain
Drink a cup of kindness (yet)
(And) say goodbye to our regrets
Ooooh, it’s January
Ooooh, it’s January
Ooooh, it’s January

But who are you
You are anyone I wish I knew
Tonight I wish I knew
Everyone single one of you
Tonight I wish I knew
Everyone single one of you
Tonight I wish I knew
Everyone single one of you

It’s January
Everyone single one of you
(It’s January)
Everyone single one of you
(It’s January)
Everyone single one of you

January
(It’s January)
January
(It’s January)
January
(It’s January)
January

This song was suggested by the excellent Douglas Wolk. Thanks, Douglas!
I had previously been unfamiliar with the original, and if you are too, here it is on the youtubes for your listening pleasure. While I wasn’t super into the track, I thought the words were pretty spot on for where I am right now, and so it became the clear winner amongst an admittedly small group of January songs to choose from.

If you have a suggestion for a month-named-song you’d like to hear me do, please leave a comment, or drop me an email!

This January was a huge amount of change all at once.
This month I:

+ Moved to the mission. My house is number 12 1/2 & I adore that so very much.
+ Got a new input device to record with. (MOTU Traveller Mk3)
+ Celebrated Chinese New Year in the pouring rain- throwing fireworks into the street as part of the Chinatown bang. I got to share this with 3 of my favorite people in the world & it felt like the fresh start that I was really needing after all the craziness at the end of last year.
+ Got offered my first solo gallery show in years.
+ Booked a show with Corpus Callosum for March.
+ Bought more furniture than I ever have in my entire life thusfar- new house pictures coming after it all ships to me.
+ Found out a story I wrote and drew for an anthology about 5 years ago is finally going to come out this year.

All in all, despite a lot of transition, this has been a pretty great month.
Here’s hoping the next one keeps going in that direction!